Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Class: Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Between A Monster Calls, the veiny-tree-like things in the previous episode and the killer cherry blossom this time, is Patrick Ness scared of plants?

Anyway, they’re a subplot that will take centre stage next week, because this week, earlier than I’d anticipated, April sharing her heart with the king of the Shadowkin gets addressed. Her eyes glow ragily and she manifests scimitars of darkness, while he (in an amusing and very Buffy moment) wants a cuddle after the first time April makes love.

Oh, and her terrible dad appears, one episode after being established in dialogue. Was this show meant to have a couple more episodes?

The subplot also brings in the new headteacher.

Tanya stands up for Miss Quill. Yay!

And we also find out how the cabinet works. That may be an issue later on.

Class: Night Visitors

It’s the classic “ghosts of past regrets” episode with the classic “ghosts are really aliens” twist. With past regrets from before the series as the aliens imitating ghosts go for the nearest and dearest, and only three episodes in, so only one of them is someone we’ve seen die in the show itself, and they actually get the least to do.

With some turning to dust rather than gore (for those keeping track, Ram doesn’t get blood all over his face!) it’s the least needs-to-be-after-the-watershed episode of the first half of the run. It could have been a Sarah Jane two-parter. Apart from Miss Quill stabbing her visitor in the hand.

(And she essentially saves the day and gets no thanks for it. Bloody kids.)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Class: The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo

Class gets its first monster of the week episode, and it lets Ram integrate a bit more with the group and deal with the trauma of losing his leg and girlfriend. (Although Ram getting blood all over his face is in danger of becoming a running gag.)

The gore quota gets ramped up quite a bit with some gratuitous bloody skinning.

Meanwhile, Miss Quill has to deal with an OFSTED school inspector. Which is funny, but I think might have been funnier after a couple more episodes showing her terrible teaching style.

Class: For Tonight We Might Die

Class starts with Miss Quill being mysterious and fighting a shadow...

Then a credits sequence which is a bit Doctor Who and a bit Seven Nation Army.

We meet our assorted heroes as they arrive, then find they’re all being subtly pursued by shadows.

April, the kind helpful girl next door.
Charlie, the terribly polite and slightly confused guy who is, as April points out, rather obviously an alien. (The biggest laugh of the episode is April asking if they look human naturally or had to change - cut to them in monster makeup and back saying “no...”)
Matteusz, his boyfriend.
Tanya, the socially awkward three-years-ahead genius.
Ram, the jock.
Miss Quill, the snarky alien ninja teacher.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

25 Adventure Ideas Inspired By David Bowie Albums

No Plan, an EP and video from David Bowie, from the musical Lazarus, released today on his 70th birthday. “This is no place, but here I am...”

One of my sources of ideas is X Adventures From Y Song Titles, and Doctor Who adventures from Bowie titles would be a gimme, having done Blackstar at length... and as noted on the RPG.net crosspost, Kammerice has done this one already.

He released twenty-five albums, so...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Class Programming

Class gets its terrestrial premiere on Monday on BBC One, starting at 10.45 p.m. Seems like a good time to start talking about individual episodes.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

All Of Time And Star Wars

Legends Of Tomorrow to do “what if George Lucas never made Star Wars?

I had this idea a while back, with the change point being in his drag-racing days, when a crash encouraged him to go to study film instead.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

The Return Of Doctor Mysterio

The Return Of Doctor Mysterio was one way to have party balance in a Doctor Who group...

Thursday, 15 December 2016


Travelers is a new time travel series, for Netflix from one of the producers of Stargate SG-1, about psionic time travellers coming from the future to save the present. Looks like just the present from the trailer, will they move elsewhen as well?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor attack which brought the USA into the Second World War was seventy-five years ago today. It has its share of time-travel stories already...

Timeless coming to UK TV

Timeless will show on E4, starting Wednesday the 14th. I hear rather mixed things about the levels of paradoxical mucking around going on...

Thursday, 1 December 2016

World AIDS Day

Not the kind of day I generally mark here, but an important one.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Class reading

More adaptations of novels by Class creator Patrick Ness, with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland looking to star in Chaos Walking.

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Size Of The Miniatures

Thanks to vanvlak on Lead Adventure, a size comparison of the Warlord Games aliens with some humanoids from other companies.

Perry, Silence, Infinity, Judoon, Foundry, Zygon, GW

They look a fair size to me. I would like to see how the Doctors and companions match up too...